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Health Spiritual Med Ethics 2016, 3(4): 29-37 Back to browse issues page
Self-esteem and spiritual health in cancer patients under chemotherapy in Semnan University of Medical Sciences in 2014
Farah Abbasian, Naimsadat kia, Majid Mirmohammadkhani, Farahnaz Ghahremanfard, Elaheh Ghods
Social Health Determinants Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran.
Abstract:   (389 Views)

Background and Objectives: Cancer as a frightening disease may affect people's confidence in their abilities, sense of controlling over their lives, and in other words self-esteem. Spiritual health as the main aspect of health can be an important source for calmness, decrease in existential distress, improvement of self-esteem and coping with the disease. This study was conducted to investigate the correlation between spiritual health and self-esteem in Iranian cancer patients.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was accomplished by obtaining Rosenberg Self-Esteem and Paloutzian & Ellison scales questionnaire from a  convenience sample of 170 cancer patients who were referred for chemotherapy to hospitals of SEMNAN University of Medical Sciences. Data were analyzed by SPSS using one-way analysis of variance and Pearson correlation, and level of significance (P) was considered <0.05.

Results: Study group has shown a mean self-esteem score of 18.5±3.5 and 98.1±13.2 for spiritual well- being. There was a direct correlation between spiritual health and self- esteem after adjustment for sex, age, education level and marital status (r=0.55).

Conclusion: This study demonstrated that spiritual health was significantly associated with self-esteem in cancer patients. Considering critical conditions of cancer patients and their urgent need for maintaining and improving spiritual well-being, enhancement of spiritual health and self-esteem should be further emphasized in the treatment programs of these patients such that they and their families that represent a large population can be assisted to overcome the critical conditions.

Keywords: Health, Neoplasms, Self Concept, Spirituality.
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/03/9 | Accepted: 2016/11/26 | Published: 2016/11/26
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Abbasian F, kia N, Mirmohammadkhani M, Ghahremanfard F, Ghods E. Self-esteem and spiritual health in cancer patients under chemotherapy in Semnan University of Medical Sciences in 2014. Health Spiritual Med Ethics. 2016; 3 (4) :29-37
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